Pylône | A Jamais / Ping Sound On Probation (LP/DL) This is the third solo record from French sound artist Laurent Perrier as Pylône since 2006, and A Jamais / Ping consists of those two works in longform at over eighteen minutes per track. It’s as though he’s flipped a switch to kickstart this, as […]

Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø + Daniel Lercher + Julie Rokseth Off The Coast (Sofa, LP/CD/DL) A tiny flutter opens the title track of the new recording by this trio blending noise processing (Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø) and software (Daniel Lercher) with harp (Julie Rokseth) and the results are micro manifestations of buzzy reverb and hushed tones. Off […]

Thighpaulsandra | Practical Electronics with…  Editions Mego (LP/DL) I’m unsure exactly how “practical” anything about the work of Cymry original Thighpaulsandra is, quite the opposite. His collaborative work over the last three decades has been impressive to say the very least. That said, even though it’s been since 2005’s excellent Double Vulgar II (2005, Beta-lactam […]

Ivan “Mamão” Conti | Poison Fruit (Far Out Recordings, CD/LP) Orpheón Gagarin | self-titled (Verlag System, LP/DL) Saba Alizadeh | Scattered Memories (Karl, LP/DL) Kuhzunft | Slotmachine (Gruenrekorder, 10″/DL) This month has been embedded with so many strange surprises including these four brand-new selections from various corners of the world expounding upon and stretching traditions […]

Chi Factory | The Mantra Recordings Astral Industries (2xLP/DL) Dedicated to the life and work of Robert Lax (1915-2000), the American “dreamcatcher” poet who lived on Patmos, Greece. The recording is eighty-four minutes in length, consisting of four equal parts that are part chant, part field recording and most definitely all in a hazy dreamstate. […]

Transtilla | Transtilla I Opa Loka Records (CD/DL) Transtilla is the Dutch sound artist duo of Anne Chris Bakker and Romke Kleefstra. The record opens in silence, slowly materializing into a perfume of transitional hazy drone on Skaftafellsfjara. A long, winding reverb with a cyclical grate that sounds as if you may be on the […]

Gintas K | M GK Rec (CD/DL) In following Gintas K‘s career trajectory over a decade plus I’ve noticed a keen focus on the conceptual bent of his approach, on M he’s in top form, delivering a slightly harder, more granulated sound overall. For all intense purposes, there are no overdubs here, and the record […]

srh | telomer[e] Klanggold (LP/DL) The new release from artist srh (Sascha Rosemarie Höfer) offers burrowing rhythms and soft edges that seem to dangle and then drift to the far corners of the room. The balance of piano and variegated cacophony seems a challenge he’s worth taking – even though either could spoil the soup. […]

Ian Fleming | Snowblind Curated Doom (DL) Munich-based Irish composer Ian Fleming‘s debut EP Snowblind has just been launched by Curated Doom with five exquisite ambient pieces, running just under a half hour. Opening with A desolate pinprick in a world of white, the listener is immediately drawn into a world of drone, crackle and […]

Dunning & Underwood | The Blow – Volume 5 Front & Follow (CS/DL) Dunning & Underwood‘s wildly interesting addition to The Blow series utilizes the Mammoth Beat Organ, that grinds and delivers a circus like feel as things start to take shape on Song for Chimney Stacks. Designed as “a modular, mechanical music contraption designed […]

Simon Scott | Soundings Touch (CD/CS/DL) This is as if I have really begun to hear the work of Simon Scott for the very first time – even after listening to his work over a good part of the 2010’s, since Below Sea Level (12K, 2012). Soundings (out on 2/22) is a different approach to […]

Robert Lippok and Kaan Bulak | Kubus Feral Note (DL) In these six tracks, Kubus I-VI, the Berlin-based first-time collaborative duo of composer Robert Lippok and (augmented) pianist Kaan Bulak flex their newfound synergy from light to dark, and back again. We begin in a fairly ambient sweet spot, with only a half-sweetened tinkling of […]

Drekka | No Tracks In The Snow Dais Records (LP/DL) No Tracks In The Snow is Drekka, or Bloomington-based musician Mkl Anderson‘s compilation of “ritual ambient industrial” early works recorded between 1996-2002. This collection will be out on black as well as a super rare marble wax in case you had a preference. Since this […]

Giuseppe Pascucci & Vito Pesce | Nikola, Was Right! Plus Timbre (DL) The duo employs only guitars and effects here, and effectively, the new album Nikola, Was Right! certainly is. Giuseppe Pascucci & Vito Pesce bring the reverb, the separation of timbre, and neutralize your general surroundings with this sparse work that floats in the […]

Whettman Chelmets | Giant Eyes & Infant Steps Girly Girl (CD/CS/DL) Fatherhood is a unique experience, and translated into a psychedelic record like Giant Eyes & Infant Steps sort of makes sense. The loopy recording by Whettman Chelmets of Joplin (Missouri) opens with Interruptus, a quasi intro of animated surrealism, that moves right into the […]

Munchies On Flowers | self-titled Switch Music Recordings (LP/DL) Riccardo Gorone has established a new solo aka as Munchies On Flowers. The self-titled record (released 2/18) is, as he stipulated, “non-methodical music”. So let’s dive into experience a deeper listen to try to better discover the underlying meaning and nuances here. Some static hiss, and […]

Curt Cress | Dschung Tek Music From Memory (12″/DL) A portion of this new EP release was originally issued circa 1991/92 by German drummer Curt Cress (who worked with house fave, Nina Hagen) under the moniker of simply C.C. It also contains three deep cuts from his 1983 solo record Avanti. So since this is […]

Hugh Marsh | Violinvocations Western Vinyl (LP/DL) I Laid Down In The Snow is the opener to Canadian musician Hugh Marsh‘s latest, Violinvocations. Oozing with air-brushed drone and a fly-like buzz at first, the setting is somewhat barren, the mood distinctively peculiar. There lay Marsh’s strings, in there somewhere, amid the solitude, the static and […]

Cal Lyall & Tim Olive | Lowering 845 Audio (CD/DL) Just arriving from Japan is the collab between Tim Olive and Cal Lyall. The disc consists of a singular twenty-seven minute unstructured diversion to grind your morning (or whatever time suits your wake-up call). A stirring, yet somewhat atypical industrial abstraction, that sounds as if […]

Cosey Fanni Tutti | Tutti Conspiracy International (LP/CD/DL) “My life is my art, my art is my life” In her solo follow-up to 1982’s Time to Tell is the latest from Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle, COUM Transmissions, Chris & Cosey, etc.), Tutti. Eight tracks, grounded at first on the title track by a signature […]

Paul DeMarinis | Songs Without Throats Black Truffle (2xLP) ((( LISTEN ))) Though he’s been at it since the 70s sound/installation artist Paul DeMarinis combines the implausible variables of interactive software, synthetic speech, and other noise media to bring to light a world animated with broken phonetics. At least that’s what you get on the […]

Allan Smyth | Spinning Focused Silence (CD/DL) In a single twenty-two minute track Allan Smyth makes every minute of Spinning count. It’s a kind of abstract aural sorcery. The drone billows in softly, with various textural actions tapping and nudging the edges at first as if it were a code of sorts. This all expands […]

Hast | Hast self-released (DL) Hast is a project of French artist/designers Sébastien Hayez and Thierry Arnal. This half hour single track, with a running length of a half hour opens as an icy cold drone that begins burring away at itself. With the effect of a giant wind tunnel and a meandering pitch that […]